Portfolio > Painting 2016

Nothing Lasts Forever presents a series of large-scale paintings depicting fanciful dreamscapes inspired by Natalie Collette Wood’s current home in The Bronx and her childhood growing up in Las Vegas. Two places that are deeply sentimental to the artist create a springboard to examine the decadence of the past and the sobering aspects of today’s economy and landscape. Wood’s work creates haunting spaces by pairing interior structures with chaotic landscapes to create disorientating and fragmented environments that reflect the skewed way in which memory and history function.

The work takes departure from the Andrew Freedman Home located on the Grand Concourse and extends to the surrounding environments. Andrew Freedman’s will included a bequest to build the Home as a residence for wealthy people who had lost their fortunes. It first opened in 1924. The interior and exterior of the building become the backdrop for surreal and mystifying spaces that the artist creates first through handmade collages and then alters digitally. Secret melting gardens and nearby historical structures such as the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage and the Lorelei Fountain transform into psychologically charged spaces that don’t quite make sense and then become disorientating and disjointed to the viewer. By creating and then deconstructing existing realties, Wood creates new worlds that are falling apart through their own façade and in a state of constant change. Nothing Lasts Forever explores how urban and natural spaces interact and cohabitate together while celebrating the psychological and ever changing dimensions of memory and physical space.

American Dream
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint, and Personal Objects on Canvas
60 x 96 inches
2017
The Past Is Always Presant
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60 x 120 inches
2016
Fountain Escape
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60" x 72"
2016
The Dinner Party
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60" x 120"
2016
Desert Garden
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60" x 96"
2016
Dream River
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60" x 96"
2016
Andrew Freedman Sunroom
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
60" x 72"
2016
Edgar Allan Poe Garden
Acrylic, Oil, Vinyl, Enamel, Ink, Glitter and Spray Paint on Canvas
30" x 30"
2016
The Andrew Freedman Home Library
Watercolor on Paper
16 x 20 inches
2016